Avila University Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Development Online

Help companies, government agencies, or nonprofits navigate the ever-changing human condition in a multi-generational workforce.

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Program Overview

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Learn more about our online M.S. in Psychology – Organizational Development

Add knowledge of interpersonal relationships, human behavior, and organizational dynamics to your toolkit with the 100% online Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Development. Build on your relational skills in the context of business settings, elevating your ability to listen, evaluate, and effect change with this organizational development psychology master’s. Think: the human element of business.

Our supportive faculty values relationships with students, ensuring quality, individualized feedback. Implement your growth in a faculty-guided capstone project that addresses a nonprofit's needs through service and the application of psychological science. This online psychology master’s can be an ideal steppingstone toward doctoral study if you choose to seek a Ph.D.

Career opportunities:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Workforce Insights Analyst
  • Strategy Development Professional
  • Organizational Consultant
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Workforce Insights Analyst
  • Strategy Development Professional
  • Organizational Consultant

$21,600 Total Tuition
12 months Duration
36* Credit Hours

Personalized learning experience

You will receive a personalized learning experience online. Faculty regularly engages in value-added comments and feedback providing the same level of instruction as if you were in person.

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Tuition

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You can pay by the course for our online M.S. psychology degree

The online M.S. in Psychology – Organizational Development program tuition is the same, affordable pay-by-the-course rate for all U.S. residents. Fees are included in the total tuition, and financial aid may be available.

Tuition breakdown:

$600 Per Credit Hour
$21,600 Total Tution

Calendar

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A start date for your online degree is coming up

Ideal for working professionals, the online M.S. in Psychology – Organizational Development program features 8-week courses and multiple start dates per year so you can begin when you're ready. View the full calendar for all upcoming start dates and corresponding deadlines.

TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Spring 2 20243/4/242/23/242/28/243/1/243/3/245/4/248 weeks
Summer 1 20245/6/244/26/245/1/245/3/245/5/246/29/248 weeks
Summer 2 20247/1/246/21/246/25/246/27/246/30/248/24/248 weeks

Now enrolling:

2/23/24 Apply Date
3/4/24 Class Starts

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Admissions

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We have streamlined our application process

We’ve simplified the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. You can find all requirements for admission to the Avila online M.S. in Psychology – Organizational Development below.**

Admission Requirements:

  • No GRE required
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution**
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

In order to be eligible to receive a psychology master’s degree from Avila University, you must have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA requirements for unconditional admission: 2.75 cumulative grade point average at the completion of the undergraduate degree
  • GPA requirements for conditional admission: 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the completion of the undergraduate degree
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended

Submit all official transcripts to:

Email: [email protected]

Mail: Avila University
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145

**Undergraduate degree in psychology not required, but some students may need a leveling course if they have not had courses in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology, and social psychology.

Courses

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Check out what you will learn in this organizational development psychology master’s

In order to earn the M.S. Psychology – Organizational Development online degree, you will complete 12 courses for a total of 36 credit hours. Students who are provisionally admitted or do not have a bachelor’s degree related to psychology will need to complete an additional leveling course (3 credit hours).

This course is only required if a student is provisionally admitted or if they do not have a bachelors degree related to psychology.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the major areas of psychology. As a research-oriented, applications-relevant approach to the discipline, it will also promote the critical, receptive, and expressive communication and thinking skills that define a Master’s-level candidate. This course cannot be used to satisfy the requirements in graduate Psychology and Counseling Psychology programs.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of cognitive processes such as attention, language, memory, and decision making.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course, students will learn what differentiates scientific from nonscientific approaches to psychology, how different research designs can be strategically and ethically employed to provide an understanding of behavior and mental processes, and how descriptive and inferential statistics are used and interpreted in psychology. We will also cover how to read and understand articles from the peer-reviewed literature, how to critique research and spurious claims, and what type of support is necessary for different sorts of claims. Finally, students will gain an understanding of how data and statistical analysis can be used in practical applications.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students in this course will extend their knowledge base from PY 617 by learning to employ statistical tests for appropriate research designs. The focus of this course will be depth of understanding of basic research designs in psychology as well as the appropriate statistical analyses that accompany those designs. Additionally, students will learn how to enter, manage, display, and analyze data in SPSS and report results from statistical tests in APA style. Prerequisite: PY 617 in the preceding semester or by permission.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the study of physical, cognitive, social, personality, brain, and emotional development across the lifespan. The role of the environment and special issues also will be included.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores the relationship between biology and human experience. Topics include the organization and development of the nervous system, genetics, memory, consciousness, perception, movement, and emotion.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores social cognitive processes, personal relationships, and interpersonal processes. In addition, the course examines professional considerations of multiculturalism and diversity, including gender, age, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides students an opportunity to address the needs of the community through service and the application of psychological science to design a community project. This is a two-sequence course. This course introduces students to models of service, approaches to consultation, strategic planning, and project design. A major goal of the course is for students to identify a nonprofit organization they will work with in the design of a project that helps advance its mission, which will be implemented the following semester in Community Project II. Prerequisite/Corequisite: 12 hours of graduate psychology courses. FA.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is the second of a two-sequenced course designed to provide students an opportunity to address the needs of the community through service and the application of psychological science. Students receive training in project development, implementation, and management, and use these skills with their discipline-specific knowledge to work in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations to implement a project designed the previous semester that helps to advance the organization’s mission, addresses a community issue, and/or serves an underrepresented group. Prerequisite: PY 687
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the study of personality in the workplace. Psychological aspects of decision-making, social processes, and leadership will be explored. The interaction of individual, group, organizational, and environmental factors will be included.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply a variety of theorists’ concepts to the workplace
  • Glean an appreciation of one’s own affective and cognitive mechanisms in psychological thought and development
  • Understand the impact of having multiple generations in the workplace and the need to ensure solutions/interventions meet the needs of these groups
  • Apply the psychological theories to themselves for assessment to strengthen their competencies as an OD practitioner or Coach
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An experiential approach to the study of change for the internal or external OD professional or organizational manager. Topics regarding consulting and motivating for high-performing systems include interpersonal interventions, team development, and continuous improvement processes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Articulate the impact of Organizational Development from both a historical perspective and future-oriented application
  • Apply concepts, theories, models of the behavioral sciences that facilitate organizational change
  • Understand the importance of data gathering and diagnosis in developing effective interventions
  • Promote effective and ethical problem solving and decision-making for interventions from a systems perspective
  • Recognize and understand the difference between individual, team, and organizational interventions
  • Advance generative dialog and collaborative skills Gain skills that can be applied as functioning OD practitioners
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses attention on strategic management as a process. It is comprised of two interrelated segments; strategic formulation or planning, and strategy implementation. At the foundation, strategic management relates to moving an organization towards a defined future. Each organization faces different surrounding circumstances, different external environmental influences, and different internal structural capacities. This course establishes that while the process may be the same for each organization, the prioritization of process elements, the people involved, and the emphasis will be different. In the end, students will understand the strategic management process as an art and a science.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Generate the capacity to think strategically about moving an organization towards a defined possible future
  • Generate the capacity to think creatively (innovation) about implementing a strategic plan
  • Develop the skills and abilities to integrate a wide range of considerations in formulating an organizational wide assessment and course of action
  • Build the ability to adapt to different organizational strategic requirements in the application of strategic management
  • Develop the skills required to lead teams in the application of planning and implementation tools
  • Create connections between strategic management and ethical principles, personal and company values, and social and environmental responsibilities
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on how to intervene in a variety of organizational cultures for optimal diagnosis and implementation of change strategies. Prerequisites: OD630 and OD640.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess one’s own skills and abilities as a process consultant: identifying strengths and areas for future professional development
  • Effectively meet an improvement need of an organization (or part of an organization) within the confines of process consultation and the time framework of the course
  • Work effectively with a team of peers to service the client and to support one’s own learning
  • Maintain a community in which learning and professional development takes place for all consulting teams

Graduate faster with our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Credit for prior learning recognizes your previous accomplishments, reducing your total cost and time to graduation. You may be closer to graduation than you think.

*Students may need a leveling course if they have not had courses in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology, and social psychology, increasing the total program credit hours to 39 and total tuition to $23,400.

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